Replacement Bulbs?

Clueless Khuli

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Hey guys!

Occasional lurker, first time poster. =) I'm rather new to fish ownership... It's a long story, so I'll keep it short:

I started out caring for my friend's fish (angel fish and pleco) in his 5 gallon tank... Upgraded them to a 20 gallon and added another pleco (yes, I know, bad idea - not making that mistake again), an apple snail, and 3 khuli Loaches... Angel fish died in spite of my efforts... and that's pretty much what I have now.

(Note: I'm just watching his fish; he's coming back in a few months, just can't care for them where he is now)

Now I have a pretty big problem. The light bulb burned out after just a couple of months... and getting a replacement has proven near impossible. X_X The store I bought the tank at will only sell me the hood - or replacement bulbs that won't work...

I've looked through your forums before as I started putting the 20 gallon tank together, and your advice has been immensely helpful! =)

I'm getting desperate in my search for a replacement light, and I hope you guys can help me... I don't have a ton of money to spend, but I'm willing to be a little flexible for the fish.

It's a 15-inch LED light, comes as part of the Top Fin 20 gallon tank set-up.

Any help you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated! =D Thank you!!
 

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Welcome to Fishlore!

You can get bulbs from a hardware store. Just make sure the wattage works!

What kind of plecos do you have in the 20 gal? I'd rehome both of them - a 20 gal is likely too small for them.
 
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Clueless Khuli

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Wow, really? I didn't think it'd be that easy... Do I need to secure the new light in some way? I don't know if they will fit in the clips set up to hold the old one.

Common ones, unfortunately... I'm happy to re-home the one I got, if someone will take him. =) The other one belongs to my friend... I can suggest that he rehomes the other one, but I'm not going to do it while he's still away.
 

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Is there a place to screw in a new bulb? Or are they stick on LED lights?

You should definitely rehome at least one common. I would explain to your friend that the common pleco will get much too large for this tank, and will suffer and die if not rehomed to a pond or a 100+ gal tanks. They get huge.

Just wondering, why are you adding fish to this tank if it's not yours then?
 
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Clueless Khuli

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There are clips on each side of the tank hood that hold it in place - no screws or tape.

This is part of the long story...

I was concerned about the angel fish because it wasn't swimming around very much, so I did some research... That's when I found out that my friend's tank set-up was inadequate.

Along with the 20 gallon tank, I bought some decor, a couple of bubblers, and a few tank-mates. It was to give the angel fish a better home... but she died a short time later. =(
 

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Adding tank mates wasn't a good idea though, especially since the tank is overstocked and the angelfish was sick.

If there are no plants in the tank, there's really no need to add a light. The room lighting should be plenty. There are alternatives, but none are super cheap, and most would require you to get a glass or egg crate lid, instead of using the hood. I thought there was a place to screw a bulb in.
 
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Clueless Khuli

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I didn't have a spare tank to treat her yet; I figured I could kill two birds with one stone, set up the 20 gallon as the main tank and the 5 gallon as a quarentine tank.

I'd still like to get a replacement light... It's still rather dark inside the tank, even with the room lights on. Also, I like to keep an eye on what's going on in there...


I know I've made a lot of mistakes... I've never cared for my own fish before (shocking, I know ^^; ). I'm far from an expert, but that's why I found myself coming back to your forums.

When I got the other tank-mates, I was thinking about the angel fish's overall quality of life when she did get better. I chose ones that were compatible with her and (supposedly) could help keep the tank clean (again, I know I screwed up getting the second pleco; I didn't find out until later that they are basically poop machines and tend to dirty the tank more than keep it clean... Ugh... -_- ).

I may not be a fish expert, or knowledgeable about fish for the most part... but I am an animal lover, and believe in giving the animals in my care all that I can do for them.

I grew up on a small farm, and these days I earn my living as a dog walker / sitter. That's how the fish owner knows me; I'm also watching his troublesome dog. =P

My expertise is with dogs, though I have taken care of cats and horses too... but yeah, very different animals than fish.

I know I made some poor choices in trying to care for them. I tried to learn as much as I could when I found out how much care they really needed, from your forum and other websites.

I thought I was making good decisions at the time, and I'm dealing with the consequences of my poor choices now... but in the end, I just want to do right by the fish I have now and try to give them the best lives possible.

Thank you again for your help!
 

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Welcome to Fishlore!! I agree with re-homing the pleco. Maybe a fish store would take him? You could post pictures of your current light fixture/ hood to see if that helps people make suggestions.

I just got new lights for my 29 gallon aquarium. I have a glass lid (hinged) and AquaSky led lights.

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The lights are off in this photo.
 
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